What we don't want to recognize is something actually true that was said a long time ago, but is no less true for that: "He who would save his own life will lose it, and he who gives up his own life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?" (Luke 9:24-25) If we live our lives with what we feel like at the moment, or what we think will make us happy as our guide, it often doesn't work as well as we expect. How often online to we see a online posting that says something like "Remember this celebrity when they were successful and beautiful, and look what they are now!" We don't always admit we got off track somehow...and even at best the end of our life may not be what we want.
What does it look like to "give up your life for My sake"? What makes a difference is who is speaking! There are a lot of things and people out there who make a promise like this, and most of them are dead ends, because they are not any more than any other human being. Putting our human selves first, even though we may know that there is a Creator who is more than human, and even try to follow His instructions, doesn't get us where we need to be. It is only when we put what we see as our own self-interest as what St Paul calls a "living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God" as our true spiritual worship, that we live up to what we are created to be. Not that we do it perfectly; in fact, we don't really do a very good job of it--but what we do have is the mercy and grace of God, and spiritual strength available when we have the good sense to ask.
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